'There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.'

Helen Frankenthaler, a pivotal figure in the second wave of Abstract Expressionists, is renowned for her innovative material experimentation. Her lush canvases showcase her unique soak-stain technique, where thinned paint washes are applied to unprimed canvas, creating vivid, seemingly fluid colour blocks. This technique profoundly influenced colour field painters like Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland.  


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Throughout her illustrious career, Frankenthaler's work has been exhibited in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago, and London. Her masterpieces are featured in prominent collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Beyond her paintings, Frankenthaler also explored ceramics and steel sculptures, and had a significant printmaking practice.